In the Enlightenment, this meant giving up your freedom and power to a government or King in order for their basic rights and safety. For example, a citizen in the 1700's might've given up their pursuit to control the kingdom in exchange for safety for the king. Both, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment were primarily the preserve of the wealthy upper classes who instituted a small percentage of the population. Achievements of both, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment were the product of the elite, rather than a mass movement. Gradually though, they did have an irreversible impact on ordinary people.
The best-known history of the Haitian Revolution in English, first published in 1938. James sees the Haitian Revolution as a black version of the revolution in France. Thomas Ott, The Haitian Revolution, 1789-1804. Ott’s account is especially strong on the military and diplomatic aspects of the Haitian Revolution.